Crochet How To Guide: Block Stitch

Perfect for blankets and looks great when used to make a cushion, block stitch can also be used for scarves, hats and loads more other crochet projects. You can use one colour for it all, alternate between two colours or even use a different colour every row.

I have some patterns which use this stitch including a ear warmer.

Block Stitch Tutorial:

Notes:

  • Change colour on last yo of the final stitch of the row.

Starting row:

For the first row you need to ch the length of stitches you require, and as the block stitch works in blocks of 3 you need to make sure your starting ch length is dividable by 3. Once you have your ch length add on 2 extra stitches (this creates the first stitch of the row).

For example: if your starting ch was 18ch stitches long, add an extra 2stitches to make 20ch stitches in total.

Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, *ch2, skip 2, sc into next stitch. Repeat from * along row.

Main rows:

Row 2: ch4 (counts as a tr/dc stitch and a ch1), 3tr/dc into ch2 gap, *ch1, 3tr/dc into ch2 gap. Repeat from * along row until final sc remains, ch1, tr/dc into final sc.

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into top of tr/dc, sc into ch1 gap, *ch2, sc into ch1 gap. Repeat from *along row, until 1sc remains (this will be the 3rd ch from the ch4 at the start of the previous row) sc into this final stitch.

  • Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach the size required.
  • Fasten off and finish off all loose ends.

How To – Crochet Ribbing/Ribbed Stitch

Having a ribbed edge on a project is perfect for all sorts of making including: hats, cowls, gloves and sleeves for jumpers. Its something I have often been asked on how to do so I thought i’d put together little how to…..

How To’ guide for starting a ribbed stitch using sc stitches.

Make a ch of stitches to the length/thickness of ribbing required, then add an extra sc.

Row 1: sc into the 2nd ch from the hook and sc along the rest of the row.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), in the back loops only: sc along the row.

Repeat row 1 until you reach the desired length. Fasten off.

Notes:

  • To work into top edge of the ribbing sc along the top edge placing an sc stitch into the end of each row.
    • You can do this without joining the start and end of the ribbing together and not joining at all/joining at the end of the project, or join the ends together (sew to join or join using sc stitches to make a round before continuing in the round.